With the insurmountable challenges the global pandemic has brought to the event market place in 2020, Triathlon BC is teaming up with Triathlon Canada to deliver a special, COVID-19 oriented National Race Directors Workshop over the weekend of November 28th & 29th, collectively bringing Race Directors from across Canada together and up to speed with timely topics and sufficient lead time to allow for 2021 activation!

Due to the current landscape and restrictions around mass gatherings, the Race Directors Summit will be FREE to event organizers across Canada and streamed live, through the Zoom platform.  Recognizing limits to Zoom Conferences, the sessions will take place over two days, with each day being limited to approximately 4 hours, allowing for the greatest amount of flexibility and maximum focus.

“Understanding the challenges and hardships associated with the 2020 season, where over 97% of our provincially sanctioned events were cancelled, Triathlon BC remains hopeful that the 2021 season will see a modified race calendar return,” said Allan Prazsky, Triathlon BC, Executive Director. “It’s our intent to keep Race Directors from across BC (and Canada) informed of best practices, allowing for the safest return to sport possible.  In doing so, we plan on hosting a Series of professional development modules aimed specifically at Race Directors leading to the launch of next season.”

The Summit will be facilitated by seasoned race announcer Steve Fleck, and will feature industry experts discussing timely topics that include event safety, diversity and inclusion, new event formats, communication, waivers and attestations, virtual racing and more.  Geared to all multisport events, regardless of budget or participation rates, the two-day Conference promises engaging and relevant presentations, with sufficient time for questions and answers.

An updated agenda (draft) is provided below:

Session A – 8:30am PST SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 MORNING 1

  • Introductions / Welcome / Connections
    Steve Fleck, Commentator / Master of Ceremonies / Race Announcer
  • Keynote: Inclusion & Diversity
    Carey Newman, Audain Professor, University of Victoria Visual Arts
  • COVID-19 and its Impact on the Endurance Marketplace
    Gary Roethenbaugh, Managing Director, MultiSport Research
  • Return to Sport: Swim Safety
    Tim Dale, Swim Safety Expert

Bio Break/Networking

  • New Event Formats
    Ghislain Melancon, Operations Manager, World Triathlon Montreal / Eric Noel, Race Director, World Triathlon Montreal
  • Racing at Home: Creating the Narrative & National Communication Strategy
    Chris Dornan, Communications Manager, Triathlon Canada
  • Virtual Racing with FulGaz
    Mike Clucas, Founder
  • Pan-Canadian Round Table
    Steve Fleck

Session B – 8:30am PST SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 MORNING 2

  • Introductions / Welcome / Connections
    Steve Fleck, Commentator / Master of Ceremonies / Race Announcer
  • Keynote: Inclusion & Diversity
    Rach McBride, Non-binary Gender Advocate
  • Medical / COVID – Excellence, Hygiene, Communications
    Dr. MC Gregoire, Medical Delegate, World Triathlon
  • Critical Incident Communications
    Jonathan Gormick, Public Information Officer, Vancouver Fire Rescue
  • Waivers, Attestations & Insurance
    Steve Indig, Partner, Sport Law & Strategy Group

Bio Break/Networking

  • World Championship Qualification
    Rachel Macatee, Sport Development Officer, Triathlon Canada
  • National Triathlon Registration System (NTRS)
    Phil Mowatt, CEO, Interpodia
  • Communications / Social Media / Web Presence
    Caroll Taiji, Brand Director, Taiji Brand Group
  • Connected Closure
    Steve Fleck

Bios and Session Summaries can be downloaded HERE.

All sessions will be conducted in English, but a translator will be available to assist with questions in French.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn, talk, socialize, and exchange ideas with event directors from across Canada, while learning about the latest COVID-19 event related matters.  To preregister for this first time, online event, hit the button below!